Information for GPs referring to South Metropolitan Health Service

The South Metropolitan Health Service prides itself on meeting the health care needs of our expanding population.

Referrals

The WA Health Central Referral Service provides a coordinated outpatient referral system for patients who require a first specialist outpatient appointment within the public health system.

This helps patients to receive their care within a clinically-appropriate timeframe, and in the most appropriate location.

To refer a patient, referrers should complete a standardised referral form and send it to the CRS. Experienced nurses will then allocate the referral to the most appropriate hospital for each patient based on location, speciality, and level of service required.

The CRS aims to produce benefits for referrers and their patients.

GP Liaison service

Fremantle Hospital has a GP Liaison and a Mental Health GP Liaison service. Read more about this service (external site).

Fiona Stanley Hospital has a comprehensive contact list for General Practitioners. Visit the Fiona Stanley Hospital GP page (external site).

Visiting Medical Practitioners

Some specialists who practise privately also have access to public surgical lists at Rockingham General Hospital and Peel Health Campus. The specialists listed here require a named referral to their private rooms for an initial outpatient consultation, but where surgery is required, can provide this in a non-tertiary public hospital (where clinically appropriate) at no cost to the patient. 

Referral to one of these Visiting Medical Practitioners (VMPs) may result in shorter waiting times for patients. These referrals may be sent directly to the specialist, or via secure messaging to the Central Referral Service.

NB. Where a gap fee may be payable for the outpatient appointment, this is indicated.

VMPs within the south metropolitan area